Oct. 2, 2020
Pensacola Fire Department Participating in Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 - 10
The Pensacola Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 4-10.
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years.
The campaign works to educate citizens about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to 'Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,’” City of Pensacola Fire Marshal Annie Bloxson said. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires are started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
Here are safety tips provided by the Pensacola Fire Department to avoid cooking fires:
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are being prepared or carried.
The Pensacola Fire Department will be hosting events differently this year in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week due to COVID-19. To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in the City of Pensacola, please contact the Pensacola Fire Department at 850-436-5200. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org